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Otis Driftwood
11-05-2010, 01:50 PM
I'm heading up to the Seattle area in early February. Is that a good time to dive for anything?

Samik
11-05-2010, 02:44 PM
it's an awesome time of year to discover just how far north your testicles can go!

Navanax
11-06-2010, 10:54 AM
Great time to dive, but not to spear or crab. Right smack in the middle of lingcod and cabezon nesting season which can be pretty neat. Water in Puget Sound will be 44 but we get decent vis that time of year.

North Star
11-06-2010, 04:48 PM
Ken - At 44 degrees, do you guys use dry suits, or can you do that with a really good wetsuit? If so, what kind of wetsuit?

Samik
11-06-2010, 05:14 PM
we freedive in 7mm opencell suits in 44- 46F (summer temps in BC). i get 1 hour of comfort, 1.5hrs before my lips are so numb the snorkel is falling out. at 2hrs I can barely speak :)

Navanax
11-07-2010, 11:16 PM
If I'm active,like freediving, I stick with a wet suit, but a nice cozy 10mm (3/8") custom with 7mm arms and hood. 2 hours is about it. I switch over to a dry suit for scuba below 50.

diver pat
11-08-2010, 01:48 AM
With a 7mm open cell suit and decent gloves and bootees I used to manage up to 6 hours in 45 degrees doing abalone here in New Zealand. What I hated was the amount of lead you needed.

Otis Driftwood
11-08-2010, 01:13 PM
How's the vis?

Captain Nemo
11-08-2010, 01:23 PM
it's an awesome time of year to discover just how far north your testicles can go!





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